How did Trevor become one of the most respected, and awarded, hairdressers’ in the world?
Where did it all start?
Trevor’s incredible hairdressing journey began over 50 years ago in Paisley, Scotland. He had just quit school at the age of 15 with no qualifications, so was recruited into the family business – a two- seat barber shop in Ilford, Essex, run by his father. Within three months Trevor was cutting hair, and a few years later he joined a local hairdressing school, which is where he was introduced to hairdressing legend Vidal Sassoon for the first time – the catalyst that would change his life forever.
By 1972, Trevor was a stylist for Vidal Sassoon, and a household name thanks to his iconic looks (such as the Wedge, Scrunch and Chop), mesmerising hair shows, and hair styling for major celebrities. The end of the decade would herald another huge achievement for Trevor – opening his own salon in London’s Covent Garden. This was swiftly followed by the launch of his own product range, one of the first ‘celebrity’ product ranges on the market, which is still sold worldwide today, and helped cement his place in the history books.
Trevor has won countless awards throughout his career, including the BHA British Hairdresser of the Year a record four times, and was awarded an M.B.E. at Buckingham Palace in 2004 for services to hairdressing. However, it isn’t just Trevor who is regularly winning awards. Mentoring his salon team has always been one of his biggest passions, and he is committed to offering the team the opportunity to develop and achieve all of their personal goals within the company. Several of the best known names working in the industry today have Trevor to thank for helping to develop their talents whilst working for him – Vivienne McKinder, Antoinette Beenders, Eugene Souleiman, Jamie and Sally Brookes, and Angelo Seminara.
Today, Trevor continues to dedicate himself to all aspects of his business, from training the team through to developing products, and can be seen in his salons on a daily basis. He is now the proud owner of five salons, located in London, Brighton and Manchester. His other passion is mynewhair – the wig personalisation charity for patients of medical hair loss which he founded in 2006. Trevor was inspired to found the charity following his own sister-in-law’s struggle with hair loss after cancer treatments, and witnessing the effect that a well-cut and styled wig had on her confidence and self esteem. Trevor runs monthly workshops to train other hairdressers in the art of wig customisation, and works closely with MacMillan Cancer Support and NHS nurses to ensure that this service can become widely available to all those who need it. With the support of L’Oréal he will be rolling the mynewhair concept worldwide in the coming years.